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There’s “growing suspicion” the Mets will clean house this season

Apr 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports in his latest column that “there’s growing suspicion” that the Mets will try trade Carlos BeltranJose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez if they are not contending midseason.

I don’t know what constitutes “growing suspicion,” but given the problems with the pitching staff, I think the “not contending” part of that equation is going to be highly likely.  And given the contract status of all three of those guys — Beltran and Reyes are in walk years and Rodriguez has an option that the Mets don’t really want to have vest — it seems that the three of them would be trade candidates regardless of what people are increasingly suspecting.

It all begins and ends, though, with what you can get for those guys.  Not a ton for K-Rod, I presume, but if they show they’re healthy, you have to figure that Beltran and Reyes could garner some interest at least.

  1. Kevin S. - Apr 11, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    What you can get for K-Rod is his option not vesting next year, and that only happens if they trade him to a team with a reason for keeping him in the eighth.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Dear New York Mets,

    The Minnesota Twins would like be more than willing to help y’all “clean house” and unload the contract of Mr. Jose Reyes. In return, we will be sending you Matt Tolbert, the remains of Terry Mulholland, six dozen Nick Punto jerseys (all of them come dirty, you know, because he was scrappy), Marney Gellner and two autographed copies of MLB ’11: the Show.

    Sincerely,
    Bill Smith
    General Manager
    Minnesota Twins

  3. scatterbrian - Apr 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Let me know when Wright gets added to that list…

  4. nymets05 - Apr 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Reyes is the only player who will bring back value in a trade.Beltran is washed up physically.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Apr 11, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    I would think the Red Sox would jump at the chance at Reyes to add to that lineup. That would be something if you inserted Reyes for Scutaro.

    • larryhockett - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      They can’t find a spot in the batting order for Crawford, what are they going to do with Reyes? Bat him 8th?

  6. xmatt0926x - Apr 11, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    I love when all things bad happen to the mets as a fan of a division rival and a hater of players like Reyes and K-rod and Castillo (*when he was there) who have their weak-minded antics when they accomplish the smallest of feats. That being said I think I must be the only person who thinks if a few things go right for the mets this year that they might have a decent team. They just got done playing the phillies and lost 2 of 3, but that offense is pretty good. Charlie Manuel said the same thing. Reyes, Wright, Ike Davis, Beltran , Thole(spelling?), and Jason Bay when he comes back. i know there is a lot of “ifs” in that group but if Pelfrey is what he is for most of last year and Dickey keeps pitching well to go along with Niese (again, spelling?), that’s not a horrible team. I really think that offense is pretty good. I can’t believe I’m actually praising this team as a phillies fan and they will probably implode as always, but oh well…

  7. xmatt0926x - Apr 11, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Ohh, I would also not be opposed to Ruben letting Rollins go and spending that $12 or so million per year that Rollins will ask for on Reyes. Not likely, but he’s a killer at the top of that lineup for the Mets and I think Rollins has seen his best days.

  8. baseballisboring - Apr 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Reyes definitely seems to be the most valuable chip. K-Rod’s contract is gonna be really hard to move without taking a pretty huge hit (which they may just take, cause screw it). If Beltran is healthy and producing I think he could bring something good.

  9. paperlions - Apr 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Why is there a growing suspicion? Did the Wilpon’s deny that any of those guys would be moved?
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    Trap set. :-)

  10. The Rabbit - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    No news here. This rumor has already been widely reported by a much more highly respected source.
    http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/mets-release-mets,19833/

  11. Jonny 5 - Apr 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    One and a half seasons from signing the Jason Bay contract they’re cleaning house? Oh, isn’t that “something”. I bet Mets fans are going to love this even more than what they had. NOT!

  12. xnumberoneson - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Beltran’s contract guarantees that he will not be offered arbitration, so the Mets will get nothing other than cost savings when his contract expires. Same goes for any team interested in trading for him. That, plus a no-trade clause, makes trading Beltran more difficult. K-Rod’s vesting option has to be a huge red flag in his trade value as well. On the other hand, trading Reyes would be a huge white flag in the face of the fans, who have been led to believe that this team plans to build a winner sooner rather than later.

  13. dysraw1 - Apr 12, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    i say leave the as they are and they will get a wildcard spot

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